An energy assessment of Buffalo State's centralized campus heating plant and steam distribution system and its operation was completed by a qualified energy assessor in accordance with criteria specified by Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The assessment identified strategies for improvement and a timeframe for recouping investments in improved energy efficiency.
Buffalo State has received grants and incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as a result of its sustainable approaches to energy usage in buildings such as the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Student Apartment Complex.
The college has participated in NYSERDA's new construction program, which provides incentives for technical assessments of building designs and equipment choices that improve energy efficiency.
The college works in partnership with an energy service company to provide energy system improvements on campus. Lighting upgrades, water saving devices, demand control building ventilation, and chiller and pump replacements are just a few of these enrergy-saving and cost-saving upgrades.
In addition, Buffalo State purchases renewable energy for its Student Apartment Complex and chooses ENERGY STAR equipment when acquiring or replacing its products. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency.
Buffalo State also practices "green procurement," complying with New York State Executive Order No. 4 requiring the purchase of recycled, chlorine-free paper products, among other measures.
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